Ooltewah, TN
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Ooltewah is a tiny town located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 667 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Ooltewah is the 331st largest community in Tennessee. Much of the housing stock in Ooltewah was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Ooltewah economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Ooltewah, where the median household income is $17,019.00.

Ooltewah real estate is some of the most expensive in Tennessee, although Ooltewah house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Ooltewah is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 46.67% of the Ooltewah workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Ooltewah is a town of professionals, production and manufacturing workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Ooltewah who work in community and social services (17.04%), the sciences (15.56%), and office and administrative support (11.11%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Ooltewah has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 20.74% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Ooltewah is worth considering.

One downside of living in Ooltewah, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.84 minutes every day commuting to work.

As is often the case in a small town, Ooltewah doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The percentage of adults in Ooltewah who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.54% of the adults in Ooltewah have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Ooltewah in 2010 was $23,693, which is upper middle income relative to Tennessee, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $94,772 for a family of four. Ooltewah also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 40.92% of its population below the federal poverty line.

The people who call Ooltewah home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ooltewah residents report their race to be White. Important ancestries of people in Ooltewah include Irish, English, Polish, and British.

The most common language spoken in Ooltewah is English. Other important languages spoken here include African languages and Hebrew.